9/11 coloring book stirs controversy
Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:9PM
Rhonda Pence, Press TV, Washington
On the brink of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, a graphic, new childrens' coloring book is out on the market. It's part coloring book, part novel and it's called We Shall Never Forget 9/11.
One page for children to color is of the burning twin towers. But what Americans we spoke to found most controversial, was a page showing American military with guns and a bullet flying toward Osama Bin Laden.
In a video statement, publisher Wayne Bell defends the coloring book. But Americans we spoke to all had negative hard and fast reactions to this cartoon picture of American military shooting Bin Laden in a children's coloring book.
Recent Gallup polls show many Americans are wary of Muslims living in the United States. Some experts worry material like this will have a negative impact on children susceptible to Islamaphobia.
The Council on American Islamic Relation's Michigan office has been very critical of the book.
In a phone interview with Press TV, Publisher Wayne Bell says he hopes to blanket the U.S. with copies of We Shall Never Forget 9/11 and says he is already getting many orders and good reviews from parents. He says the book is not intended to portray Muslims negatively, just the
terrorists responsible for 9/11.